The ceremony was performed by Pastor Ralph C. Duke at Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Herndon, VA who also provided the Pastor's Reflections.
Popular music ministries specialist and Loudoun County resident Felicia Kessel-Crawley was certified as a licensed minister of the gospel on Saturday, Nov. 19th, at Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Herndon, VA. The ceremony was performed by Pastor Ralph C. Duke following Mrs. Crawley's initial sermon. A longtime singer, songwriter and educator, Mrs. Crawley is the founder of Voices of Worship, a volunteer, Christian community based choir, and the pianist for both the Reston Community and McLean Symphony orchestras. Mrs. Crawley also is the choral director for the McLean Symphony’s Festival Singers.
The former Duke Ellington music instructor continues to teach piano and vocal instruction in her Sterling studio and offers her popular Yes I Can Learn to Read Music workshop throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The ceremony was attended by pastors, ministerial colleagues, family, and friends from the numerous churches where Mrs. Crawley has developed music ministries over the past 15 years. Mrs. Crawley and her husband, Everett, are members of Heritage Fellowship Church in Reston, VA.
Pastor’s Reflections on the Candidate
Felicia Kessel-Crawley has demonstrated for years, her faithfulness and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. She has served the body of Christ faithfully in the ministry of music, teacher, counselor and mentor. God has called, anointed and appointed her as one of His ministers of the gospel for a number of years. Our task today is simply to confirm what God is doing in and through her. She is a person of faith, with a spirit of excellence and grace, whom I am honored to serve with, in advancing the kingdom of God.
Felicia was blessed as a musically-gifted child and evidence of her passion for self-expression through music could not be denied. She started singing and playing piano at age three and by eight was writing compositions for piano and instrumental ensembles. Trained in classical piano and music theory under Julliard School of Music instructors in New York, she went on to study music on both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Boston University, Duquesne University and University of Pittsburgh, respectively.
Felicia’s parents were authentic, God-fearing Christians of great faith who nurtured their children in love and the “fear and admonition of the Lord.” Starting in her teens, she served churches in several capacities, including musician, music director and minister of music in a plethora of diverse denominations, worship styles and music genres. While developing skills in both secular and sacred music, her spiritual connection and sensitivity to the draw of the Holy Spirit matured along with her love for God. “I am most at home while worshipping God through the Holy Spirit. Along with my passion for music, God blessed me with a passion for seeking understanding of His word which, I believe, was reinforced by my father’s zeal for reading the bible.”
Through the years, Felicia has constantly pursued greater understanding of the mysteries of our faith. Many questions have been answered through the favor of God’s revelatory knowledge imparted thorough biblical studies, meditation and research. That hunger for knowledge and desire to serve, led Felicia to become a certified Lay pastoral Care Counselor and Hospice volunteer. She is also pursuing her Doctorate in Strategic Pastoral Counseling through Andersonville Theological Seminary.
God has blessed Felicia with two important men in her life; son, Christopher and husband, Everett (today they are celebrating their 12th Wedding anniversary).
Felicia Kessel-Crawley has been developing her music and communications ministry as a performing artist, singer/songwriter, pianist/accompanist, minister of music, choir and musical director and private piano and vocal instructor, for more than twenty years. Her wealth of diverse commercial and denominational worship experiences is reflected in her unique style and music repertoire which includes: traditional sacred, spiritual and gospel church music, as well as contemporary praise and worship, urban praise and secular classical, jazz, Broadway, pop, folk and rock music.
Her professional public relations and strategic marketing communications career has helped develop the successful leadership and presentation skills she offers in facilitating workshops, training sessions, special events and directing music ministries across the country. Her commitment and work in civil rights and women’s issues have exposed her to top political and religious leadership at national and international levels.
Ms. Crawley has extensive training in performing arts, music education, music theory & composition and music therapy, as well as audio, video, stage and commercial music production. An anointed teacher and committed worship minister, she has been directing musicians and choirs throughout her career. She also founded and directs the Voices of Worship, a volunteer, Christian, community-based, choir specializing in soul-winning praise and worship for the glory of God and the edification of the body. Their musical “Praise without Walls” community worship services are open to all.
Ms. Crawley can be reached at http://www.kesselministries.com